What you need to know about Franchising

Skilled Representation in Franchising Matters

Depending on your circumstances, franchising can be a good option to pursue when you are looking to expand your business. A franchise comes about when you license your trademark or servicemark and business system to a Franchisee for a fee. In exchange, the franchisee is allowed to use your trademark or servicemark to sell goods or services according to the terms of a franchise agreement.

The requirements surrounding franchises can be quite complex and it is advisable to seek the advice of an experienced attorney in order to determine if franchising is right for your business. At Livingston Loeffler, we have a complete understanding of franchise law and have advised clients on all types of franchising matters.

Responsibilities of Trademark or Servicemark Owners

Franchises are governed by federal and state laws. If you are planning to license your trademark or servicemark it is your responsibility to make sure you are not offering franchises illegally. Violations of state and federal franchise regulations can result in administrative proceedings and/or private actions by franchisees.

We dedicate our entire practice to intellectual property matters. From our offices in Naples, Fort Myers and Sarasota, we represent clients throughout Florida and across the country in a variety of franchising matters. Our attorneys will take the time to help you understand all of the legal requirements involved with franchising and give you all of the information you need in order to make a sound decision about whether franchising is right for you. We also assist potential franchisees and current franchisees with reviewing franchise agreements and with franchise disputes.

For more information on franchising, read our newsletter on Planning for the Growth of Your Business and Franchising Your Business.

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Contact our offices today to discuss your questions with a lawyer. Call 239-262-8502 to reach us in Naples and Fort Myers, 941-309-5314 to reach us in Sarasota, 1-800-548-4332 to reach us nationwide or send us an e-mail.

We assist clients nationwide, throughout the state of Florida and Southwest Florida, including Naples, Fort Myers, Sarasota and surrounding communities.

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